General news and features
Charles Chapman being honored by Jasper Lions Club
Longtime Lions Club member Charles Chapman, a.k.a. Mr. Jasper Lion, has been named the grand marshal of the July 4th parade this year for Jasper.
The Lions have a long history of providing the Independence Day activities for Pickens County and Chapman has been instrumental in these for many years.
A man from Pickens County is celebrating a big win from the Georgia Lottery. Dennis Noland of Talking Rock won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.
Progress columnist Alan Gibson received first place in the Ga. Press Association’s 2013 humorous column category for the division that includes the largest weekly newspapers.
County fire and EMS services are in the beginning stages of a major restructuring process, with the two agencies set to consolidate in the coming months.
Midday Tuesday, June 17, Georgia DOT engineer Sam Wheeler said crews were removing barricades at the Jones Mountain bridge on Highway 136 that has been closed since April.
"They will wait for a week or two and then go in and do a repair to the asphalt, but we are waiting to see if there is anymore settlement behind the bridge first," Wheeler said.
>>The repairs are considered temporary. One person on the job said it is a band-aid, but one that will allow the important connector between Pickens and Gilmer counties to be used until a permanent fix is completed.>